South African Tourism has announced that the 2019 Africa’s Travel Indaba will be rescheduled, following SA President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State Of The Nation Address last night, 7 February 2019.
The President confirmed that the date of the national elections would be May 8, which falls directly within the dates scheduled for the Indaba: May 6 to 9.
SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona, said: “We are currently exploring all viable alternative options in light of the announcement of the election date. We also need to consult with our various partners and stakeholders, and appreciate the understanding of our buyers, exhibitors and delegates who will now await a new date to attend Indaba.”
Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, added: “With dates confirmed upfront, buyers and exhibitors would have planned around the original date. There are also other global shows during this period, but we would like to reassure the industry that, despite the new date, Indaba will still be a fantastic show to attend and would like to encourage you to attend once the new date is confirmed.”
Zimbabwe is scheduled to participate at this event. Last year, the ministry of tourism and its marketing arm, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority participated at the Travel Indaba. Spiked Online Media was also ably represented and managed to come up with a haul of stories on African tourism.